Archive for Thursday, July 17, 2003

Learning center to come

District enters agreement with educational consortium

July 17, 2003

One of the obstacles in getting a community learning center in Eudora was resolved when the Eudora USD 491 Board of Education approved entering into an agreement with the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center that stipulates over which students the district can exert discretion in admitting.
Scenarios include expulsions for firearms or drugs violations as well as felonious action of a "serious nature," with the idea that the district and Greenbush Educational Consortium would have the final word, an idea that Board member Kenny Massey said would give the district some flexibility.
The Board had earlier discussed how to keep the focus on learning at the center, which would allow dropouts -- and in some cases current high school students under suspension -- to earn their high school diploma there.
"We don't want it to be a criminal center or a mental tal health center," Superintendent Marty Kobza said. "We want it to be a center for the community and the kids."
Even though community computer classes won't be offered for a year, Kobza said such courses would make the center a place to serve various age groups in the community.
"Anybody from 18 on up, it will help," he said.
Moreover, in the event the Greenbush-run center had revenue left over at the end of the year, other Eudora schools could stand to benefit.
"To me it makes perfect sense," Kobza said. "You put the money toward projects and extra help within classrooms."
Aside from charging a pro-rated cost of utilities to run the center from portions of the old Eudora Middle School building at 10th and Main streets, Kobza said the district wouldn't charge Greenbush rent, per se, because the consortium would be sharing revenue with the district.
With the community learning center and vocational education center, Kobza said the district would continue using the shop, annex, band room, gymnasium and one set of bathrooms at the 10th and Main facility. With the possibility hospitality services, a program of the vocational center, might use the cafeteria, Kobza said it was essentially the communal areas of the main building that the district would need, meaning it could shut off the main classroom areas of that structure.
The Eudora City Council set a meeting for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss whether the city might want portions of the building, which it has been offered by the school district for $1 as is.

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